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Will Religion Ever Disappear?

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3 years ago by Linda Wilson in Lifestyle > Religion

Between 2005 & 2011, according to a 57 country Gallup Poll, the number of religious people fell from 77% to 68%, and the number of atheists rose from 3% to 13%.

Will Religion ever totally disappear? The more urban, wealthy and secure a nation is, the more likely it is to reject religion.

Disaster seems to spark the need for religion in many. Christchurch, New Zealand, saw a large awakening after the earthquake in 2011, even if the rest of country remained secular as before.

But overall, even in poorer countries, religion is in decline. Very few places are more religious now than they were 40 years ago. Will we see the end of religion?

Human beings naturally want to believe that they are a part of something bigger, that life isn’t completely futile. Young children, regardless of their cultural background, are inclined to believe that they have an immortal soul – that their essence or person existed somewhere prior to their birth, and will always continue to exist. Many around the world who explicitly say they don’t believe in a god still harbour superstitious tendencies, like belief in ghosts, astrology, karma, telepathy or reincarnation.

What do you think? Are the days of religious belief behind us, is this the final goodbye? Or will belief continue to evolve as our concepts alter?

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that-acorn-girl

iv never even met a religious person. churches are now community centres or some of em are studios.

3 years ago by that-acorn-girl

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Rahul  N.

No it will never disappear I think. There will always be the young, open and receptive, and the elderly, closer to death and wishing for a life beyond this life. Those generations will continue to connect and influence what we all believe.

3 years ago by Rahul N.

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Tracey Howell

Nobody can say.....but the trend in the last 100 years has been steadily down.....sad because I like religion in way that it gives hope.

3 years ago by Tracey Howell

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Debbie Anderson

I hope not. I quite like my smells and bells. I don't think the spiritual part of man will ever die out, so no, as long as there's people there will be religion.

3 years ago by Debbie Anderson

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robbie_t

Everybody needs hope

3 years ago by robbie_t

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Niti C

I don't think so

3 years ago by Niti C

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Iam LmnOP

As long as people die, and don't return, there will be speculation. And with that there will be religion led by people who pretend to know what they don't know.

3 years ago by Iam LmnOP

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Sabrina

Why be so cynical. Religious people don'y pretend to know everything. They just try to find the truth, they try to worship God as best as they can. And do some good to other people.

3 years ago by Sabrina

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Debbie Anderson

Who wants to see religion go? Mystique, faith & ritual is hard wired into our make-up. So no.

3 years ago by Debbie Anderson

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